Wolfgang Haffner and the Yamaha PHX Drums
[Phoe-nix] * — noun
A mythical bird of great beauty fabled to have burned itself on a funeral pyre and to have risen from its ashes in the freshness of youth and live through another cycle of years: often an emblem of immortality or of reborn idealism.
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Nippon Gakki, the predecessor to Yamaha Corporation, was founded in 1897, and the Phoenix logo was registered as the company's official trademark. While the triple tuning fork design that adorns modern Yamaha instruments is well known throughout the world, it is the Phoenix motif that was first emblazoned on our first premier organs. The design embodies the spirit of our founder, whose goal was to produce instruments of world-class quality and unrivaled beauty.
At that same time, we felt the need to recapture the spirit of our company's founder. It was decided that Yamaha Drums' next 40 years would begin with commitment to a rebirth and revitalization in striving for musical instrument excellence. From this rekindled spirit of innovation and musical resolve, came the birth of the PHX series.
The Phoenix is considered the symbol of immortality, a rebirth into a fresh being, full of new life. Similarly, the PHX series represents a resurgence in drum advancements and excellence in drum craftsmanship.
Hybrid Shell Construction
With the wealth of knowledge amassed over the years, as the preeminent maker of musical instruments, Yamaha wood specialists have discovered new materials that provide optimal drum performance.
Jatoba, a Brazilian wood and the hardest material in the PHX hybrid shell, is positioned as the core ply and center note of the drum. It is surrounded on either side by layers of kapur, a Malaysian hard wood. North American Maple, which had long been considered a classic, high-quality drum shell material because of its hardness and viscosity, is actually the softest wood in the shell construction; maple is the outer and inner plies of the shell.
This is the process used to complete the hybrid shell, in which the stiffness of the shell shifts from the center toward the outside: the woods are hardest at the center and get softer toward the outer surfaces in either direction. This results in an “excitation structure” that maximizes the shell's performance. The excitation structure increases the head’s vibration to its full extent, achieving a sound unlike anything you’ve heard before. It produces an effect in sound waves similar to rippling waves caused by a pebble dropped in water.
Hook Lug System
The hook lug system has emerged through the progression of the nouveau lug, which was an innovation in the drum lug design.
Rather than positioning the hook lug at the nodal point, Yamaha placed it at the area of the shell that produces undesirable overtones, thus muting them and allowing for an unobstructed, richer fundamental tone.
The combination of the hook lug system (muting the unattractive overtones) and the Y.E.S.S. II mount system (opening up the drum’s fundamental tone) provides an unmistakably pure and naturally EQ’d sound. The organic tone of each drum is clear and perfectly defined like never before.
The number of vent holes influences both the drum’s timbre and projection. PHX Series drums are designed with one to ten vent holes, depending upon the drum’s dimensions. By varying the number of holes, particularly on larger shells, the drum’s sustain length, amount of mid-bass tone, and playing comfort can all be fine-tuned.
R-Version Bass Drums
New R-Version bass drums (without tom mounts) have been added to the PHX lineup. This option provides optimum flexibility for drummers who place great importance on bass drum tone.